TAC Cup Team of the Year

All 12 regions are represented with the Geelong Falcons topping the list with four members in the squad.

Despite a mid-season ankle injury, Eastern Ranges power forward Tom Boyd impressed enough to be selected at full forward, while North Ballarat Rebels tough-nut Matt Crouch also overcame his own injury worries to be named in the centre.

Geelong Falcons duo Fraser Fort and Darcy Gardiner were named in the two key defensive posts, joining teammate Lewis Taylor who was named on a half forward flank and James Tsitas on the interchange.

Zak Jones (Dandenong Stingrays) and Louis Herbert (North Ballarat Rebels) were rewarded for their stellar seasons with a berth in the back six, alongside 19-year-old prospects Jake Owen (Calder Cannons) and Tom Langdon (Sandringham Dragons).

Excitement machines Billy Hartung (Stingrays) and Josh Kelly (Dragons) are the side’s two wingman, a mouth-watering proposition if the team was ever to play an actual match.

Northern Knights’ classy utility Ben Lennon and Ranges small man Mitch Honeychurch fill the forward line with the competition’s leading goalkicker Josh Scott (Gippsland Power) and Ranges giant Michael Apeness.

The followers, all rewarded for their consistency, are Jack Leslie (Power) Jacob Chisari (Bendigo Pioneers) and Michael Gibbons (Murray Bushranges).

While not able to force their way into the starting 18, the extended interchange is chock full of stars.

James Sicily (Western Jets), Christian Salem (Dragons), Jay Kennedy Harris (Oakleigh Chargers), Nick Holman (Bushrangers) and Marcus Bontempelli (Knights) have all enjoyed fantastic years and forced their way into draft calculations. 

B          Zak Jones                   Fraser Fort                  Jake Owen

            Dandenong                 Geelong Falcons         Calder Cannons


HB       Louis Herbert              Darcy Gardiner           Tom Langdon

            North Ballarat              Geelong                    Sandringham


C         Billy Hartung               Matt Crouch                Josh Kelly                  

            Dandenong                 North Ballarat              Sandringham


HF       Ben Lennon                 Tom Boyd                   Lewis Taylor

            Northern Knights         Eastern Ranges          Geelong Falcons


F          Mitch Honeychurch      Michael Apeness         Josh Scott                  

            Eastern Ranges          Eastern Ranges           Gippsland Power       


Foll.     Jack Leslie                  Jacob Chisari              Michael Gibbons

            Gippsland Power        Bendigo Pioneers        Murray Bushrangers              



James Sicily               Christian Salem          James Tsitas

Western Jets               Sandringham              Geelong


Jay Kennedy Harris    Nick Holman               Marcus Bontempelli

Oakleigh Chargers      Murray Bushrangers   Northern Knights


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